Eastern forests decline by 4% — a look at 4 variables

1 Agriculture
2 Suburb expansion
3 Timbering
4 Mining

During the 1800s, the U.S. gave up much of its Eastern forests to agriculture, but then started to make a comeback during the early 1900s. Thereafter, according to a study published in BioScience, between 1973 and 2000, Eastern forests lost 3.7 million hectares or 4.1% of their total, primarily in the southeastern plains. Read more here.

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